April 30, 2011

No. 2 Le Moyne Smashes No. 5 Stonehill

from press release

– Junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored six goals, including four in the second half, to lead the second-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 19-9 win at fifth-ranked Stonehill in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon at W.B. Mason Stadium. With the victory, the Dolphins earn the second seed and a first round bye in next week's Northeast-10 tournament.

Stonehill, which will be the third seed in the Northeast-10 tournament, opened the game's scoring just 10 seconds into the contest as Hannah Anderson finished off a pass from Sam Lynott.

The Dolphins responded with the game's next six goals, over a span of 15:26. Senior midfielder Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) started the run with back-to-back goals. The first came 40 seconds after Anderson's goal, while she gave the Dolphins the lead at the 26:48 mark off a pass from sophomore attack Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton). Just over five minutes later, Brigandi scored her first goal of the day. Senior attack Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) followed by finishing off a pass from senior defender Katlin Walker (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) with 19:56 remaining in the half. Brigandi pushed Le Moyne's lead to 5-1 off a pass from Bauer with 17:10 left, while Phillips capped the spurt by scoring with 13:44 to go off a feed from Elmer.

Stonehill then scored four of the game's next five goals to get within 7-5 with 6:31 left in the half. Kayla Green scored the first goal of the streak with 12:23 left, while Heather Sullivan followed by finding the back of the net on a free-position shot with 9:42 remaining. After Elmer put Le Moyne's lead back to four off a feed from sophomore Kelly Condon (Victor, N.Y./Canandaigua) at the 8:17 mark, Kelsey Shannahan and Anderson scored 26 seconds apart to make the score 7-5.

The teams split the final four goals of the half to go into the intermission with the Dolphins leading 9-7. Elmer and senior Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) scored off free-position shots for the Dolphins, while Kelsey Reilly and Green tallied goals for the Skyhawks.

After six and one-half scoreless minutes to begin the second half, the Dolphins scored five goals in a stretch of six and one-half minutes to put the game away. Brigandi scored the first two off free-position shots 73 seconds apart. Freshman Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) found the back of the cage off a free-position shot 53 seconds after Brigandi's second goal and added an unassisted tally at the 17:33 mark to make the score 13-7. Elmer closed out the stretch with an unassisted goal with 16:50 remaining.

Following a goal by Reilly with 15:20 left to get the Skyhawks within 14-8, the Dolphins rattled off four goals in a span of five minutes and 50 seconds. Phillips netted her third goal of the day with 12:03 remaining in the contest. Just 28 seconds later, Brigandi converted a free-position shot to make the score 16-8. Brigandi scored her sixth and final goal of the afternoon off a pass from Elmer with 9:08 to go. Valletta gave the Dolphins a double-digit lead with an unassisted tally with 6:13 left.

Sarah Galligan got the score back into single-digits with 4:34 remaining, but Phillips scored 19 seconds later to cap the game's scoring.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made five saves in each half as she set the single-season program record for most wins with her 16th. Samantha Falcone '08 held the previous record of 15, which she set in 2006 and equaled in 2007. Rebecca Moore made nine saves between the pipes for the Skyhawks in suffering just her third loss of the season.

Le Moyne (16-1, NE-10 11-1), which has won 12 consecutive games, will take on the winner of Wednesday's first round match-up between sixth-seeded Southern New Hampshire and third-seeded Stonehill on Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Adelphi in Garden City, N.Y. //

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